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Review: Making Membership Meaningful
by Karen Zimbelman

In 1995, an international consortium of co-op academics and practitioners collaborated on a book called Making Membership Meaningful: Participatory Democracy in Co-operatives....

09 Jan 2004 #072 September - October - 1997
Revised Patronage Dividend Primer Published

Now available!

12 Jul 2015 • Endcap Articles
Reviving Democracy, Spreading Cooperatives
by Dave Gutknecht

The Occupy movement in the U.S. (there also are international manifestations) is one of the more encouraging recent developments in the present political environment. Most of the Occupy sites have...

18 Jan 2012 #158 January - February - 2012
Ringing Out the International Year of Cooperatives
by National Co+op Grocers

The International Year of Cooperatives is in its final months, and National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) and its member and associate co-ops continue to celebrate all of the ways that...

25 Sep 2012 #162 September-October 2012
River Valley Market Celebrates Groundbreaking
by Staff

One hundred fifty enthusiastic community members arrived with shovels in hand on May 17 to join in the celebratory groundbreaking for the Northampton, Mass., new locally grown food co-op. David...

17 Jul 2007 #131 July - August - 2007
Robynn Shrader Elected to Board of National Banking Co-op
by Staff

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02 Jul 2009 #143 July - August - 2009
Robynn Shrader: New Head of Consumer Cooperatives Worldwide

The National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) has announced that its chief executive officer, Robynn Shrader, has been elected president of Consumer Cooperatives Worldwide (CCW), a sectoral...

22 Nov 2013 • Endcap Articles
Rooting the Local Food System in Cooperation
by Robin Seydel

Cooperatives—given our community ownership structure, our commitment to the principle of concern for community, and our dedication to the values of equality, equity, self-help, and social...

14 Oct 2013 #168 September-October 2013
Ruling Prompts Controversy
by Cissy Bowman

Democracy and the high price of organic food

21 Jan 2009 #121 November - December - 2005
Running a Successful HBA Department
by Jane Kennedy


09 Jan 2004 #065 July - August - 1996
Safer Customer Receipts

On September 30, 2014, PCC Natural Markets (PCC), the nation’s largest natural foods retail cooperative, announced that its customers at all ten locations now receive receipts from paper...

12 Feb 2015
Safety, Security, and Loss Prevention
by Michael Feiner

Food co-ops may be some of the best-intentioned enterprises across the retail spectrum. They are guided by core values of shared responsibility, environmental stewardship, support for more...

06 Feb 2014 #170 January - February 2014
Safety, Security, and Loss Prevention
by Paul Feiner

Food co-ops may be some of the best-intentioned enterprises across the retail spectrum. They are guided by core values of shared responsibility, environmental stewardship, support for more...

06 Feb 2014 #170 January - February 2014
Salaried or Hourly?
by Carolee Colter

Rather than "salaried or hourly," the question actually should be, "Exempt or non-exempt? The Fair Labor Standards Act requires that employees subject to it (i.e., non-exempt...

09 Jan 2004 #070 May - June - 1997
Sales and Labor in 20 Retail Food Co-ops
by Dave GutknechtIntroduction

Having members of a retail food cooperative contribute labor toward the operation of their store is one of those practices that is wholly unnecessary or even undesirable in the eyes of...

09 Jan 2004 #001 October - November - 1985
Sales Tax: Not Simple
by Sage Turner

I joined the French Broad Food Co-op team in 2009. Sales had been plummeting for five consecutive years. We were broke, losing millions in sales to new competitors, having a hard time keeping...

03 Jun 2013 #166 May-June 2013
Sampling Equals Sales and Satisfaction
by Mark Mulcahy

Do you sample in your produce department? Not just occasionally, when a customer asks or when you think of it, but on a regular basis? Why not? Too busy? Too busy to increase your sales?


07 Jan 2004 #103 November - December - 2002
Saving One Farm at a Time
by Paul Cultrera

Like most food cooperatives, the Sacramento and Davis co-ops have longstanding and strong commitments to purchasing from and supporting local farms. And they realize that local farmland is under...

25 Apr 2011 #154 May - June - 2011
Scared Chipless
by Cissy Bowman

Back in 2004, USDA began to implement the National Animal Identification System (NAIS). According to NAIS, this program is:

20 Jan 2009 #128 January - February - 2007
Securities Laws And Co-op Member Loan Programs
by Laddie Lushin

Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision that will have dramatic implications for co-op member loan programs. No longer may loan solicitations be casually and informally conducted...

09 Jan 2004 #033 March - April - 1991
Seeking Cooperative Alignment and Identity
by Dave Gutknecht

This mid-year edition is highlighted by annual reports on food co-op practice and prospects. Directors and managers from many of these co-ops recently met at their leading national training and...

20 Jan 2009 #125 July - August - 2006
Seeking Local Organic Producers
by Cissy Bowman

As worldwide availability of organic products hits new heights, there also is a strong consumer trend toward supporting local food systems. In some areas of the country organic farmers who sell...

08 Jun 2004 #112 May - June - 2004
Seeking Sustainability, Planning for Disaster
by Dave Gutknecht

Part 1: Milestones and Mission

Each year, at the Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) conference, milestone awards celebrate new food cooperatives along as well as those that...

19 Jan 2009 #131 July - August - 2007
Seeking Sustainability, Planning for Disaster
by Dave Gutknecht

Part 1: Building on what we have

19 Jan 2009 #132 September - October - 2007
Seize the Moment
by Allen Seidner

“I’m very impressed with your experience and your attitude, Yung Wannabee, and I think you’ll find yourself an easy fit as a member of our prepared foods team. I’m happy to extend you an offer at...

27 May 2004 #112 May - June - 2004